Yesterday I got a very distressing note from one of the moms in our community. Her battle with her disrespectful teenager had reached critical mass and she had told her almost 18-year-old they were no longer welcome at home. The mother is completely torn up inside not knowing if she has done the right thing, but she felt she couldn’t let her child continue to treat her this way.
The mother’s full letter is below. She is keeping the gender of the child neutral as not to sway the audience. Please be gentle and constructive in your advice or criticism. She is truly looking for a sounding board and some help. She’s not sure she’s done the right thing or even what to do next.
Here’s what the mother wrote:
“My question is … when is enough, enough?
I have a 17 yo who shows no respect to my husband (not the father) and even less respect to me. I love this child, have tried to do the best I can and have twisted myself into a pretzel to be an involved parent. School was never